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descent

DESCENT, n.

1. The act of descending; the act of passing from a higher to a lower place, by any form of motion, as by walking, riding, rolling, sliding, sinking or falling.

2. Inclination downward; obliquity; slope; declivity; as the descent of a hill, or a roof.

3. Progress downward; as the descent from higher to lower orders of beings.

4. Fall from a higher to a lower state or station.

5. A landing from ships; invasion of troops from the sea; as, to make a descent on Cuba.

6. A passing from an ancestor to an heir; transmission by succession or inheritance, as the descent of an estate or a title from the father to the son. Descent is lineal, when it proceeds directly from the father to the son, and from the son to the grandson; collateral, when it proceeds from a man to his brother, nephew or other collateral representative.

7. A proceeding from an original or progenitor. The Jews boast of their descent from Abraham. Hence,

8. Birth; extraction; lineage; as a noble descent.

9. A generation; a single degree in the scale of genealogy; distance from the common ancestor.

No man is a thousand descents from Adam.

10. Offspring; issue; descendants.

The care of our descent perplexes most.

11. A rank in the scale of subordination.

12. Lowest place.

13. In music, a passing from a note or sound to one more grave or less acute.



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DESCENT, n.

1. The act of descending; the act of passing from a higher to a lower place, by any form of motion, as by walking, riding, rolling, sliding, sinking or falling.

2. Inclination downward; obliquity; slope; declivity; as the descent of a hill, or a roof.

3. Progress downward; as the descent from higher to lower orders of beings.

4. Fall from a higher to a lower state or station.

5. A landing from ships; invasion of troops from the sea; as, to make a descent on Cuba.

6. A passing from an ancestor to an heir; transmission by succession or inheritance, as the descent of an estate or a title from the father to the son. Descent is lineal, when it proceeds directly from the father to the son, and from the son to the grandson; collateral, when it proceeds from a man to his brother, nephew or other collateral representative.

7. A proceeding from an original or progenitor. The Jews boast of their descent from Abraham. Hence,

8. Birth; extraction; lineage; as a noble descent.

9. A generation; a single degree in the scale of genealogy; distance from the common ancestor.

No man is a thousand descents from Adam.

10. Offspring; issue; descendants.

The care of our descent perplexes most.

11. A rank in the scale of subordination.

12. Lowest place.

13. In music, a passing from a note or sound to one more grave or less acute.

DE-SCENT', n. [Fr. descente; L. descensus.]

  1. The act of descending; the act of passing from a higher to a lower place, by any form of motion, as by walking, riding, rolling, sliding, sinking or falling.
  2. Inclination downward; obliquity; slope; declivity; as, the descent of a hill, or a roof.
  3. Progress downward; as, the descent from higher to lower orders of beings. – Locke.
  4. Fall from a higher to a lower state or station. – Milton.
  5. A landing from ships; invasion of troops from the sea; as, to make a descent on Cuba.
  6. A passing from an ancestor to an heir; transmission by succession or inheritance; as, the descent of an estate or a title from the father to son. Descent is lineal, when it proceeds directly from the father to the son to the grandson; collateral, when it proceeds from a man to his brother, nephew, or other collateral representative.
  7. A proceeding from an original or progenitor. The Jews boast of their descent from Abraham. Hence,
  8. Birth; extraction; lineage as, a noble descent.
  9. A generation; a single degree in the scale of genealogy; distance from the common ancestor. No man is a thousand descents from Adam. – Hooker.
  10. Offspring; issue; descendants. The care of our descent perplexes most. – Milton.
  11. A rank in the scale of subordination. – Milton.
  12. Lowest place. – Shak.
  13. In music, a passing from a note or sound to one more grave or less acute.

De*scent"
  1. The act of descending, or passing downward; change of place from higher to lower.
  2. Incursion; sudden attack; especially, hostile invasion from sea; -- often followed by upon or on; as, to make a descent upon the enemy.

    The United Provinces . . . ordered public prayer to God, when they feared that the French and English fleets would make a descent upon their coasts. Jortin.

  3. Progress downward, as in station, virtue, as in station, virtue, and the like, from a higher to a lower state, from a higher to a lower state, from the more to the less important, from the better to the worse, etc.
  4. Derivation, as from an ancestor; procedure by generation; lineage; birth; extraction.

    Dryden.
  5. Transmission of an estate by inheritance, usually, but not necessarily, in the descending line; title to inherit an estate by reason of consanguinity.

    Abbott.
  6. Inclination downward; a descending way; inclined or sloping surface; declivity; slope; as, a steep descent.
  7. That which is descended; descendants; issue.

    If care of our descent perplex us most,
    Which must be born to certain woe.
    Milton.

  8. A step or remove downward in any scale of gradation; a degree in the scale of genealogy; a generation.

    No man living is a thousand descents removed from Adam himself. Hooker.

  9. Lowest place; extreme downward place.

    [R.]

    And from the extremest upward of thy head,
    To the descent and dust below thy foot.
    Shak.

  10. A passing from a higher to a lower tone.

    Syn. -- Declivity; slope; degradation; extraction; lineage; assault; invasion; attack.

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Descent

DESCENT, noun

1. The act of descending; the act of passing from a higher to a lower place, by any form of motion, as by walking, riding, rolling, sliding, sinking or falling.

2. Inclination downward; obliquity; slope; declivity; as the descent of a hill, or a roof.

3. Progress downward; as the descent from higher to lower orders of beings.

4. Fall from a higher to a lower state or station.

5. A landing from ships; invasion of troops from the sea; as, to make a descent on Cuba.

6. A passing from an ancestor to an heir; transmission by succession or inheritance, as the descent of an estate or a title from the father to the son. descent is lineal, when it proceeds directly from the father to the son, and from the son to the grandson; collateral, when it proceeds from a man to his brother, nephew or other collateral representative.

7. A proceeding from an original or progenitor. The Jews boast of their descent from Abraham. Hence,

8. Birth; extraction; lineage; as a noble descent

9. A generation; a single degree in the scale of genealogy; distance from the common ancestor.

No man is a thousand descents from Adam.

10. Offspring; issue; descendants.

The care of our descent perplexes most.

11. A rank in the scale of subordination.

12. Lowest place.

13. In music, a passing from a note or sound to one more grave or less acute.

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